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Friends of the Lake Forest Library Scholarships now available 2022

2022 Friends Scholarship applications are now available

Each spring, the Friends award $2,000 scholarships to up to three graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a passion for reading. Students from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood are eligible to apply. The Friends of Lake Forest Library inaugurated this scholarship in 2003 to recognize stu...

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Blind Date with a Book 2022

You Can't Judge these Books by their Covers! As Valentine's Day approaches, come in and check out a Blind Date book or audiobook. They’re wrapped up tight with the briefest of blurbs on the outside and a special bookmark on the inside. Complete the bookmark and submit it for a chance to win a gif...

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Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced! image with celebratory ribbons and clapping hands

Announcing the Teen Writing Contest Winners

Thank you to all the teens who submitted short stories to our writing contest! It was a great way to celebrate (and prepare for future participation in) November's NaNoWriMo. What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge to write 50,000 ...

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Conquer a Genre: Winter Reading Challenge, December 1–28 image with dragon listening to a Wonderbook

Conquer a Genre Winter Reading Program 2021–22

This winter we invite you to snuggle up with multiple books in a single genre! How to participate Register online in the Winter Reading calendar event. Make a separate registration for each participant! Download/Print the Book Log PDF for your age group below. Your Book Log includes instr...

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Discover the new Read-Along Collection featuring Wonderbooks!

A Wonderbook is a print book with a ready-to-play audiobook inside. Perfect for new and reluctant readers of all ages! Enjoy Wonderbook versions of picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and easy nonfiction. Just look for the gold sticker on the cover. Find Wonderbooks on your right as you ...

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Library savings

(Contest expired) Library Card Sign-Up Month Contest 2021

10/1/2021 update Thank you to everyone who entered! Throughout Library Card Sign-up Month in September, we were happy to connect with all the existing card holders and welcome all the new library card holders. The savings you shared shows that using Lake Forest Library is a great return on your inv...

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Bookmark Design Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to the 2021 Bookmark Design Contest! Everyone's artwork was a wonderful example of how Reading Colors Your World, this year's Summer Reading theme. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up in each age group! Winners Riaan Chavda, Noa Burke, Grac...

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Friends of the Lake Forest Library: Sign up to Volunteer at the Fall Book Sale image

Sign up to volunteer at the Friends Fall Book Sale

Dear Book Sale Volunteers and Friends of Lake Forest Library Members: SAVE THE DATE
2021 Friends of Lake Forest Library Book Sale
September 16–19 If you have volunteered at previous sales, Thank You! If this is your first sale, Welcome! You make the sale a success. We hope you vo...

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Read the Rainbow Pride Books

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride

Happy LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Celebrated in the month of June, Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a six-day stretch of protests in which LGBTQ+ activists fought back against a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City. It was a major protest against anti-LGBTQ+ la...

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More hours and services

Additional Hours & Services Restored June 1

If you haven't already been visiting the Library again in person, now is a great time to return with more open hours and restored services! Hours restored Monday–Thursday 9:00 am–9:00 pm Friday 9:00 am–6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am–5:00 pm Services restored Increased buildin...

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Friends 2021 Summer Book Sale

Friends Summer Book Sale at Lake Forest Station June 24–26

We're enjoying seeing everyone who is visiting the Lake Forest Station Pop-Up, and will continue to sell used books, games, and puzzles there on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through June 19. We have more exciting news. Normally at this time of year the Friends are holding their Children's Bo...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

During the month the May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness observes Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI is the nation's largest mental health care organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI is an alliance of more than 600 local a...

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AAPI books and movies

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Join us in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (also referred to as Asian Pacific Heritage Month), which takes place during the month of May. Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have enriched the culture of the United States and are valuable members of our...

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Reading Colors Your World Bingo

(Program Expired) Summer Reading Colors Your World Bingo

June 1–August 31, 2021 Join your family, friends, and neighbors to discover all the ways that Reading Colors Your World. Complete a variety of bingo challenges designed to get you out of your "reading comfort zone." Experience colorful vistas, faces, ideas, flavors, cultures, lifestyles, and view...

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